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What A Joke

By ATWadmin On December 19th, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Even though al-Gore is a loser, they’ll be dancing in the streets of Koslamistan for sure.

Putin named Time ‘Person of the Year’


New York – Russian President Vladimir Putin was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.”

The 2007 honor went to the Russian leader because of Putin’s “extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability,” said Richard Stengel, Time’s managing editor.

So, TIME gives its stamp of approval to this sort of leadership?

Others who were in the running included Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore and author J.K. Rowling.

This year’s honor was a return to the magazine’s tradition of picking an individual rather than last year’s choice of anyone creating or using content on the World Wide Web.

Previous winners have also included Bono, President George W. Bush and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.

As were noted humanitarians such as the Austrian corporal and Josef Stalin.

Via The AP

Previously Russia threatens to nuke Poland & Czech Republic

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Red Meat For The Leftisphere

By ATWadmin On December 19th, 2007 at 3:03 am

Here’s something for Vladimir Paranoid and the Parallel Universe to search furiously for phantoms.

Bush Orders Cuts in Nuclear Stockpile

President Bush has approved “a significant reduction” in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, cutting it to less than one-quarter its size at the end of the Cold War, the White House said Tuesday.

At the same time, the Energy Department announced plans to consolidate the nuclear weapons complex that maintains warheads and dismantle those no longer needed, saying the current facilities need to be made more efficient and more easily secured and that the larger complex is no longer needed.

“We are reducing our nuclear weapons stockpile to the lowest level consistent with America’s national security and our commitments to friends and allies,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “A credible deterrent remains an essential part of U.S. national security, and nuclear forces remain key to meeting emerging security challenges.”

The government will not provide any numbers on the overall size of the nuclear stockpile, but there are believed to be nearly 6,000 warheads that either are deployed or in reserve.

Separately, under terms of a 2002 arms control treaty with Russia, the U.S. is committed to reducing the number of deployed warheads to between 1,700 and 2,200 by 2012.

Three years ago, Bush said he wanted the overall stockpile reduced to half by 2012, but officials said that goal now has been reached so further reductions are being made, resulting in the new targets for 2012.

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So, while eeeevil Bushchimphitler is reducing the nuclear stockpile, Vladimir Paranoid is threatening to nuke Poland & the Czech Republic and has developed a new ICBM.

Koslings, where art thou???

There’s more via The AP

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Another triumph for the prison service

By ATWadmin On December 19th, 2007 at 1:00 am

A convicted murderer and two men convicted of drug offences have absconded from a jail in Derbyshire.

Killer Daniel Driscoll, 33, failed to return to HMP Sudbury on Saturday after being let out on temporary release.

Lee Mulholland, 28, serving five years for drug offences, walked out of the open prison on Friday.

Andre Hackett – serving four years for possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply – also failed to return after a temporary release on Saturday.

Driscoll, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was jailed for life in 1992 aged 18, along with Anthony Coughtrey, then 19, after being convicted of stamping and kicking William Walsh, a 19-year-old father-of-three, to death.

He was ordered to spend a minimum of 15 years behind bars but in 1998 this was reduced to 13 years.

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More than 660 inmates have walked out of Sudbury prison in the past 10 years.

That’s more than one a week, on average. You’d think that those running the prison service might just possibly have learnt their lesson by now (specifically, the lesson that convicted criminals are, almost by definition, not the most trustworthy of people, and that if you are responsible for keeping them locked up, it’s probably a good idea to keep them behind bars and in your line of sight). But apparently not.

As for the specific facts of this case: there’s not really an awful lot to be said. Personally, I would like to see the death penalty for at least some murderers, and life meaning life for the rest. That’s life without occasional trips to the cinema, by the way. As such, I regard it as utterly appalling that Driscoll was granted temporary release. But he was, and the number of convicted killers loose in society has just increased by one. Which is one too many.

And The 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Goes To . . . .

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 10:53 pm

This comes as no great surprise and we can expect more like it from Soviet dictator Russian president Vladimir Paranoid and his ilk. And it shouldn’t be long before the Koslings and the Leftisphere jump onboard.

Russia Issues Nuclear Threat

Russia’s nuclear weapons chief threatened Monday to target a planned US missile defence shield in central Europe if Washington fails to take into account Moscow’s worries, the Interfax news agency reported.

General Nikolai Solovtsov, head of strategic missile forces, said that such a decision could be taken if the US shield is seen to “undermine the Russian nuclear deterrent capability.”

In that case, “I do not exclude… the missile defence shield sites in Poland and the Czech Republic being chosen as targets for some of our intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Solovtsov said, according to Interfax.

Washington says the plans to install radar in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor rockets in Poland would guard against theoretical missile strikes from “rogue” nations such as Iran, without denting Russia’s massive nuclear offensive arsenal.

But Moscow claims the United States is exaggerating the threat from Iran and describes the shield as the thin end of a wedge aimed at changing the current balance of military power.

On Saturday, the Russian chief of staff, General Yury Baluyevsky, warned that the launch of US interceptor missiles could accidentally trigger a Russian retaliatory strike.

And the resulting vaporization of Leningrad, Moscow and Stalingrad would be considered an ‘accidental’ response.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk denounced the comments as “unacceptable” and said that “no declaration of this kind will influence Polish-American negotiations.”

Solovtsov, speaking hours after state television showed images of a ballistic missile being test fired from a submerged submarine at a target on the other side of Russia, said the United States was untrustworthy.

“If the Americans signed a treaty with us that they would only deploy 10 anti-missile rockets in Poland and one radar in the Czech Republic and will never put anything else there, then we could deal with this,” he said.

“However they won’t sign, they just tell us verbally, ‘We won’t threaten you’.”

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“They already cheated Russia once,” he said, referring to NATO expansion into former Soviet-dominated territory after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. “Verbally they already told us that when we re-unite Germany there won’t be one NATO soldier there. Now where are they?”

East-West relations are increasingly strained as Russia and NATO countries argue over how to ensure security in the post-Cold War landscape.

Russia froze compliance last week with the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty, which imposes strict limits on deployment of troops around the country.

The Foreign Ministry offered reassurance that Russia had “no current plans to accumulate massive armaments on our neighbours’ borders.”

However the decision was criticised by NATO, the United States and other Western powers.

Kameraden! Nobody forced your former slave-states to join or ally with NATO. They did so out of appreciation for your 50 years of kindness and generosity.

And in remembrance of your reassurances from 1943 on that the Soviet army had simply . . . liberated them.

Via Spacewars.com

H/T The NoisyRoom

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THIS COUNTRY MAKES ME PUKE

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Yet more evidence that a liberal culture breeds a nation of brainless, girlie wimps.

The 76 year old, 5 feet tall, 6 stone Mrs Priscilla Thomas has been told by Brighton & Hove City Council that her rubbish bin will not be collected and emptied – because a 4 inch step outside her home is a ‘elf n safety’ hazard.

Do these local government retards compete to produce the most nonsensical edicts? Is there an awards ceremony for this kind of idiocy? How do people like this sleep at night? Here’s the cracker, however. As usual, having been found out, the council tries to back the bus up:

However, last night the council said it had promised to find a way of collecting Mrs Thomas’s rubbish without her having to lower the bin down the step herself.

Hey retards, that used to be known as ‘collecting the rubbish’ and was done by ‘binmen’.

Bill Clinton: Bush 41 Will Help Hillary

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

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Uh, I don’t think so, Slick. Unless he recently became a plastic surgeon, there isn’t much he can do.

Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that the first thing his wife Hillary will do when she reaches the White House is dispatch him and his predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, on an around-the-world mission to repair the damage done to America’s reputation by the current president — Bush’s son, George W. Bush.

"Well, the first thing she intends to do, because you can do this without passing a bill, the first thing she intends to do is to send me and former President Bush and a number of other people around the world to tell them that America is open for business and cooperation again," Clinton said in response to a question from a supporter about what his wife’s "number one priority" would be as president.

I guess they’re back on the inevitability track.

Nice try.

The GOP isn’t buying it.

"In 2009, a Republican president will be working with our friends and allies abroad to continue to keep our nation safe," said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. "The American people expect our leaders — both current and former — to present serious solutions to the very real challenges confronting our nation."

Also at JWF

I think going door-to-door pandering for votes means the bloom is definitely off this rose. 

UPDATE: To nobody’s surprise, Clinton was lying through his teeth.

It’s what he does.

In a statement sent to CNN Tuesday afternoon, former President Bush’s chief of staff Jean Becker said that he “wholeheartedly supports the President of the United States, including his foreign policy. He has never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton, nor does he think such a mission is warranted since he is proud of the role America continues to play around the world as the beacon of hope for freedom and democracy.

“President Bush is excited about several of the excellent Republican candidates running for president, and looks forward to discussing their candidacy once the Republican nominee is determined.”

Additional reaction here.

CAN PAY, WON’T PAY

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

I HOPE SUPPORTERS of the BBC enjoyed forking out £120,000 for a staff Christmas bash. Food and a free bar were laid on for 4000 in London, we read. Having refused to give in to the BBC’s extortion for some years, I’ll have to allow others to receive thanks for their generosity. Maybe the 4000 happened to discuss the BBC’s new Royal Charter, which came in effect this year.

There is a new Charter commitment to "sustain citizenship and civil society", which is elaborated as "reflecting and strengthening cultural identities", as well as "promoting awareness of different cultures and alternative viewpoints".

As Sir Michael (Lyons) put it in a speech last month, the BBC is being "challenged to play its part in reinforcing social cohesion in an increasingly diverse society". He went on to give his personal commitment to that objective in these terms: "All of my previous work has convinced me that diversity both within and between local communities is a source of strength rather than weakness – and that the UK will become stronger the more it recognises and builds on that diversity. The BBC can and should help with this."

The BBC long ago gave up any right to describe itself as impartial or honest. BBC News, once the world’s most respected news organisation, is now typified by lies and deceit in the cause of an extremist Left Wing agenda. How liberated they must feel at the BBC, therefore, now that the Royal Charter clearly sets out its anti-British purpose. The Royal Charter is now, clearly, a permission slip from a cultural Marxist’s wildest dream. No longer will they have to pretend not to hate the British people, our heritage, culture and traditions. They can abuse, insult and promote that which degrades our nation all the while standing behind a Royal Charter as a get out of jail card. It hasn’t taken them long to come back to their first and greatest target – the Monarchy:

I expect that the enemies of Britain – mostly British themselves, expensively nurtured in our finest schools and universities and generously employed by our great institutions – will take the opportunity for a new and spiteful campaign against the throne. We now know for certain that the BBC will be among them. We know this thanks to the honest anger of the Left-wing playwright Sir David Hare, a decent man increasingly outraged by the many sicknesses of our cheap society. Sir David revealed last week that he was approached by the Corporation hoping he would record something critical about the Queen, to be broadcast on the night of her death.

"They told me that everyone they had spoken to had, unsurprisingly, turned out to be an admirer and, in the fabled interests of balance, they needed the opposing point of view," Sir David recalled. He rightly refused.

Look at this carefully and you will see how bad it really is. The BBC believed they needed to be "balanced" between the enormous majority who love and revere this dedicated and kindly old lady, and the embittered, sneering knot of permanent adolescents who think it terribly bold to be "republicans", whatever that means. This tells us most of what we need to know about the Corporation’s true beliefs.

Expect to see much more of the sickness of the extreme Left on display in the coming years. They long ago took over an institution with a global reach, a respected reputation and is grossly influential culturally and politically. By law you must pay to keep them in business or their friends in the judiciary will deprive you of your liberty. They hate you and your nation, and they don’t even have to hide it any more.

You can pay for it if you like, but to pay for a TV licence is to bankroll an enemy of the British people and I will never do it.

MAHONS

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 3:31 am

Tell us about your wife and the babies now! We’ve been worried and excited for good news – give it to us. We want details man!

Democracy At Work

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 2:21 am

When discussing the G8 and the Soviet Union today’s Russia during an interview six months ago, Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves offered that, …if you’re not a member of the G8, it’s not difficult to call for anyone to be thrown out. But I certainly wouldn’t call it the organization of industrialized democracies anymore.

Interviewer: What would you call it?

President Ilves: Seven industrial democracies and one country brought in for reasons that have lost their relevance.

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Putin to be PM in future Russia government

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he was ready to become prime minister if his close ally Dmitry Medvedev succeeds him, giving Putin a way to keep a grip on power after he leaves the Kremlin.

A 42-year-old lawyer with no political base of his own, Medvedev is virtually certain to win next March’s presidential election since most Russians will vote for whoever the highly popular Putin endorses.

“If Russian citizens express their confidence in Dmitry Medvedev and elect him as the country’s president, I will be ready to head the government,” Putin told a congress of his United Russia party held near Moscow’s Red Square.

“(We) shouldn’t be ashamed or afraid of transferring the key powers of the country, the destiny of Russia to the hands of such a man,” Putin added in his speech.

You’ll get no argument from the Koslings, Putie. They know democracy when they see it.

Medvedev, 42, was later adopted by the congress as United Russia’s presidential candidate. Delegates voted 478-1 in a sober, Soviet-style ceremony held without debate.

Is there any other way???

In his brief acceptance speech, Medvedev listed priorities such as strengthening Russia’s position in the world, preserving the Russian nation, looking after the young and the old.

All this is in Vladimir Putin’s strategy. I will be guided by this strategy, if I am elected president,” Medvedev said.

“But carrying out an idea can only be successful with the participation of its author. I have no doubt that in the future Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) will use all his resources, all his influence in Russia and abroad for the benefit of Russia.”

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Putin praised Medvedev as a man whose “main principles in life are the interests of its government and its citizens.”

And pleasing his master.

He also announced a big pay rise of 14 percent for public sector workers, which will come into effect on February 1, just over a month before the election. The military will get 18 percent.

Of course, the pay increases have nothing to do with buying loyalty and votes for Putie’s weak sister.

In a further sign of Putin’s intention to keep a grip on power next year, Russian media reported that Putin could send the Kremlin chief of staff to run Medvedev’s election campaign.

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Read it all at Reuters

Too busy shilling for the Palis, the administration’s ‘Russian expert’ was unavailable for comment.

UPDATE: Although speculation about Putie’s future began last June, Vladimir Paranoid’s announcement about becoming prime minister after Medvedev’s ‘elected’ in March, experts were surprised.

Experts, schmexperts.

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English not spoken here

By ATWadmin On December 18th, 2007 at 1:43 am

Further evidence of the negative impact of the present levels of mass immigration emerges with the news that there are over 1,300 British schools in which English is the first language of fewer than half the pupils. This problem is particularly prevalent in primary schools, with English being a minority language in a total of 1,143 such schools. That’s roughly 6.6% of the nation’s primary schools! In 569 of these schools English is the first language of fewer than 30% of pupils.
The situation in secondary schools is only marginally better – English is a minority language in 195 secondary schools (5.8% of the total number), including 83 schools in which English is the native tongue of below 30% of pupils. The situation has become so bad, that even teaching unions – hardly known as bastions of right-wing or anti-immigration sentiment – have begun to express disquiet: Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, told a House of Lords committee that the situation was "out of control".

And he is, of course, right. So far as I can see, there are three key problems with what is going on. First, and most importantly in the long-term, these astonishingly high figures – with English now a minority language in over one in twenty English schools (and there’s no guessing as to the number of schools in which twenty, or thirty, or forty percent of pupils are not fluent in English) – are indicative of the extent of the demographic change that is being inflicted upon this country.
But even if we ignore that, then the immediate problems this presents are still highly significant. Consider the cost of all this, for example. Teaching unions estimate the cost of educating a non-English-speaking child at around £30,000, a sum which fairly dwarfs the £5,270 currently spent annually on an average pupil at a British state school. Indeed, with £30,000 you could send a boy to Eton, and still have a fair bit of change left over. As the above figures indicate, there’s clearly rather a lot of schoolchildren (one in eight, apparently) who speak only a limited amount of English, and the money to fund their education is going to have to come from somewhere.
The other problem which teaching unions have highlighted is the deleterious effect that this has upon teaching standards. And of course, if half the class is struggling with the language, then, in the first place, they themselves will find it difficult to gain the full benefit of each lesson, and, in the second place, they will occupy a disproportionate amount of their teachers’ time, and retard the progress of the entire class, including those who can speak fluent English. And the problem is self-perpetuating: as a Polish immigrant mother told The Times back in May, if you have a school in which large numbers of children do not speak English, then the pressure on them to learn English is reduced, and the progress that immigrant children make with the language is slowed. After all, if you are the only non-English speaker in your class, then in order merely to socialise with the other children you will have to become fluent in English; if more than half your class speaks your language, then that requirement is removed. It must also be more difficult for individual non-English speakers to get the extra attention they need if there are twenty of them, than if there are only one or two.

The government’s response to these problem is to say that it has increased the funds available from the "Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant". Where that leaves any native British children unfortunate enough to find themselves stuck in a school where most of their fellow pupils speak English only as a second language is unclear, although "on the scrapheap" would seem a fair bet. But what this case demonstrates, once again, is the need, not for more funding in an attempt to relieve the negative effects of the government’s de facto open-door immigration policy, but for the reversal of that policy, and for the imposition of very strict limits on immigration.